Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Phuket: day 3 - scenes

This will be the final post for Phuket, a simple post with loads of photos of the scenes around Patong beach/ town. Since it's our 3rd day there, it's a free and easy kind of day for us with cloudy/ dry weather and gloomy sky though it didn't rain then. During the day, the town looked dead but towards the evening, you can see it becoming alive, slowly but surely. Unfortunately, I only have photos during the daytime as night time was just too dark and conspicuous LOL!






Poppa Palace Hotel










Lucky dog taking a bath!

Nice beach and friendly people though quite a lot of foreigners working here. Nonetheless, a relaxing holiday with nothing much to go about so you can laze around the beach more or the hotel pool. This is definitely more for beach bums and not for the adventurous/ explorers.....

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

MPOV: Chili's

I'm not a big fan of Mexican food, except for nachos and margarita, so places like Chili's doesn't attracts me immediately. We thought of giving it a try since it's empty... usually there's a queue waiting but not that day.

Cit Prawn-chicken RM39.90
At first, when the dish arrived, I was a little sad that the prawn portion was minimal and the chicken breast meat was huge. However, I was surprised by the tender, moist and flavourful chicken breast meat! I have never tasted anything as yummy as this. I mean, usually breast meat is either overcooked or dry but this one had me finishing my dish!
Encha Pasta Shrimp RM32.90
Tasted of crunchy nachos sprinkled all over the penne. As the portion is big, I would have thought the taste would be over-empowering and might be 'muak' midway. I salute hub's as he managed to finish it.
Interesting signages
Total bill was a whopping RM 93.35 inclusive of 1 Ice Lemon Tea, 10% service charge and 6% GST. Definitely over the top, a once in a blue moon kinda treat! This time it is worthwhile with a nice ambience and good service to boot!

My rating: 3/5
Location: Lot G19, Ground Floor, Jaya Shopping Centre

Friday, 13 January 2017

CSM: A Book Affair

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." ~ Stephen King


At A Book Affair, you can find loads of preloved aka secondhand books from fictions to non-fictions to fill your various palates! Even book peripherals like bookmarks, fingermarks, reading lights, etc...

Location: Desa Permai Condo, Taman Desa
Date: 15th January 2017
Time: 10am to 6pm

For more deets, do check out their Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1827507970858241/

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

MPOV: Nam Heong

Another delayed post as I couldn't find the receipt, sigh!

Anyway, what I could recall was it's a little pricey... we are paying more for the ambience and environment. Ordering is via touch screen and payment is at the cashier counter so the service here is basically just to serve food or to explain any confusion.



I can't recall the exact menu or pricing but in summary, though the portion is big with huge tender meat and all, the taste is just slightly above average. Even the presentation is normal, atypical of Chinese restaurants like 'dai chau' (in Cantonese, literally translated as 'big fry'). If you want a nice, cooling place to have a simple Chinese food, then here is the place to go to.

My rating: 3/5
Location: LG 21-22, Da:Men Mall

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

MPOV: Vanilla Cafe Express

Updated: finally found the receipt!

This will be a short food post as I totally can't find the receipt nor recall the price. It's a very small shop sandwiched between some accessory shops, in front of BBQ Plaza which served one of the best mille crepe I've ever had!

My Cappuccino RM8.90 but without the coffee art :-(

Yummy Oreo Cheese Mille Crepe RM13.90
We had some drinks, hubs and me coffee whereas Angel's had something chocolate, with this yummy Oreo Cheese Mille Crepe (I think that's the name). It was moist, with the right texture and tasted so enticingly good! Not too sweet either! So if you are looking for a good mille crepe, you can check this place out though not suitable for a big group as the place is really small.

Total bill was RM51.50 inclusive of 1 glass of Ice Cafe Latte (RM12.90), 2 glasses of Hot Chocolate (RM7.90 each), a cup of Cappuccino and a slice of Mille Crepe. Interesting tea choice but no regrets!

My rating: 4/5
Location: K10A, LG2, Sunway Pyramid

Monday, 9 January 2017

MPOV: Wild

 
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
 

The above summary taken from Goodreads. Goodreads rating: 3.95

My rating: 2/5
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Published in 2015 by Atlantic Books
Imprint: 315 pages
Genre: non-fiction, memoir

At the start of this book, I actually loathed it. I speed read it mostly and only started liking it towards the end, after about 75% into the book. This book mainly centers on Cheryl Strayed's triumphant hike through the Pacific Crest Trail. She also reminisced of her late mom, ex-husband and boyfriends before and during this hiking trail. Plus her struggles with her inner demons and psychotic issues, sex and drug addictions after her mom has passed away.

I applaud Cheryl Strayed for sharing her inner demons in this book as it's not easy to reveal all the bad stuff to the world. People are judgemental so this can go either way. She definitely writes really well, descriptive with details yet with flair. So well that each ramblings she made of her own emotional meltdown felt like she's having a psychotic breakdown. IMHO, it sounded as though she's a self-centered bitch! She can just rambled on and on about it, especially her infidelities and insecurities. To be honest, it really sounded like she's boasting her issues instead. Sorry if I sounded judgemental here but this was how I felt while reading it.

It all started after her mom had passed away from cancer. I can totally relate to her emotional turmoil after her mother's death (FYI, my dad passed away too, a few years ago). However, I did not digress nor melt down nor hit rock bottom. I understand that different people will manage their mourning and sorrow differently. After a few months of confiding with my husband and friends, I was able to let it go and moved on with my life. Whatever it was, life has to go on as there are bills to be paid and children to be fed. It's the life's cycle. We are mature and responsible for our own life. I may sound crude here but it's as though she has been living a sheltered life. Thus when something bad happens, she hits rock bottom.

Anyway, back to the book, it's apt the cover captioned it "A journey from lost to found". This I truly agree as towards the end, I can sense her slowly... finally finding herself, filled with gratitude for everything and everyone. At the start, she wasn't even acknowledging she was battling her inner demons or addiction. Especially her sex and drug addiction, Cheryl mentioned it several times like it's a norm which I felt was TMI that got me irked up. It's misleading for the young ones who still can't identify which is right or wrong. In the end, they might not even reached the end of the book to understand the whole thing. What she wrote at the end makes more sense to me, honestly.

Obviously she's not as strong willed but strong enough to hike on her own and rediscovered herself. She definitely took a long route to finally reached where she wants to be, not only the trail but her self esteem and her self worthiness. I guess in the end, this was her own journey of mental and health discovery which she had to go through, the hard way. Not easy but she had shamelessly journal it in this book for which I truly applaud her. Also, I applaud her for hiking on her own, so daring, having the guts to do it. And here I am, bickering and condemning about it at the start LOL!

Here are some of her thoughts on her infidelities:
"My grief obliterated my ability to hold back"

"I was trying to heal. Trying to get the bad out of my system so I could be good again. To cure me of myself"

"Heroin had made me dumb and distant from myself. A thought would form and then evaporate. I could not quite get ahold of my mind, even when I wasn't high"

Her road to recovery, finally:
"I had to change was the thought that drove me in those months of planning. Not into a different person, but back to the person I used to be - strong and responsible, clear-eyed and driven, ethical and good"

This struck a chord for me, when Cheryl quoted her mother:
"I never got to be in the driver's seat of my own life", she'd wept to me once, in the days after she learned she was going to die. "I always did what someone else wanted me to do. I've always been someone's daughter or mother or wife. I've never just been me"

All in all, it's about her conquering PCT - lots of good tips especially for female hikers, a note on REI's special service and a shout out to the Rainbow Gathering at Toad Lake. If you are into such memoirs, then go ahead... this is just not my cup of tea. The worst part, she's been burning books all along her hike! Yikes! She did list it at the last few pages "Books burned on the PCT" with a total of 11 burnt sob sob! 

New words:
Soliloquies - an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

Dromedary - an Arabian one-humped camel, especially one of a light and swift breed trained for riding or racing.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Phuket: day 3 - food

Note: This post is filled with food photos!

Aside from breakfast at the hotel which was included in the hotel package, the below photos were our lunch, dinner and supper from day 3... all from along the main road near our hotel... very convenient right!
Yummy filling lunch!

From this simple food stall
Unfortunately, so so dinner
with unappealing dish
and too milky sweet iced tea
from this restaurant
Thankfully, yummy pancake supper
from this roadside stall
With these canned drinks from 7 11
In summary, food from roadside stalls and kiosks tasted much, much better than those from restaurants. Honestly. Even the price is more affordable and worthwhile as opposed to restaurants. This is my own opinion ya, maybe I have not encountered a nice one or I have gone to the wrong one.

Next and final post of Phuket, it's all about the sights!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

MPOV: Willow

A prophecy states that a female child with a special birthmark will herald the downfall of the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda. Bavmorda imprisons all pregnant women in her realm to prevent fulfilment of the prophecy. When the prophesied child Elora Danan is born, the mother begs the midwife to hide the infant and smuggle her to safety. The midwife reluctantly accepts and leaves Nockmaar castle unnoticed. The mother is executed, the midwife is hunted down and eventually found. Knowing she cannot escape, she sets the baby on a makeshift raft of grass and sends her down the river hoping for fate to run its course. The midwife is killed by Nockmaar hounds. Bavmorda is furious about the escape so summons her daughter Sorsha and her army's commander, General Kael to find the baby.

The baby drifts downriver to a village of little people, The Nelwyn. She comes into the care of Willow Ufgood, a kind farmer and conjurer who hopes to become a sorcerer; his wife Kiaya and his children fall in love with the baby immediately, and Willow too soon grows to love her as one of his own. During a town festival the village is attacked by a Nockmaar hound which is quickly killed by the village warriors. The High Aldwin, the village sorcerer, learns about the baby and selects Willow, due to his devotion to the child, to accompany a party of volunteers returning the baby to the Daikini (human) people. At a crossroads, they find a human warrior named Madmartigan trapped in a crow's cage. The rest of the party want to give the baby to Madmartigan and go home immediately, but Willow and his friend Meegosh refuse, so the others leave. After spending the night at the crossroads, and meeting an army led by Airk Thaughbaer, an old friend of Madmartigan's, marching against Bavmorda, Willow reluctantly decides to free Madmartigan so that he can take care of the baby for them.

Later on, the baby is stolen by a group of brownies. While chasing them, Willow and Meegosh are trapped, but rescued by Cherlindrea, a Fairy Queen, who identifies the baby as Elora Danan, the future princess of Tir Asleen and Bavmorda's bane, and assigns Willow the task of helping the baby fulfil her destiny. Willow sends Meegosh home, and two of the brownies, Franjean and Rool, are instructed to guide Willow to the sorceress Fin Raziel. The three of them later encounter Madmartigan at a tavern, where he is disguised as a woman to hide from Lug, a cuckolded husband, who then flirts with the disguised Madmartigan. Sorsha arrives and reveals his identity, and in the ensuing brawl started by the furious Lug upon realisation that Madmartigan is not a woman, Willow, Madmartigan and the brownies escape. Madmartigan guides them to a lake where Raziel lives, but departs again as they cross it.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Believe it or not, this is an old movie which I had not watched it yet. Anyway, since it's an old movie, the production also seemed unreal enough LOL! Though it lacked in special effects, it has an interesting story line which was entertaining enough for me. A warm movie to watch with the family.

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.3/10

Director: Ron Howard
Producers: George Lucas, Joe Johnston, Nigel Wooll
Casts: Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Jean Marsh, Kevin Pollak
Released: May 20, 1988
Category: fantasy, drama

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